English Law's Epistemology of Expert Testimony

Journal of Law and Society 33 (4):572-595 (2006)
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This article draws upon the epistemology of testimony to analyse recent English case law on expert evidence. It argues that the courts are implicitly committed to an internalist epistemology and an inferentialist view of testimony, and draws a distinction between testimony which is treated as authoritative (where the fact-finder accepts the inferences drawn by the expert without attempting to assess their validity) and that which is treated as merely persuasive.

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Tony Ward
University of Hull


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